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Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind Review

Monday, August 20th, 2012
Posted in Reviews by Joel Gross

I just finished reading the first two books in the Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy:

  1. The Name of the Wind
  2. The Wise Man’s Fear

I really enjoyed both of them.  They were two of the strongest fantasy books I’ve read in quite some time and I can’t wait for the 3rd one to come out next year.  The series is written as a metafictional story with in a story – basically it’s the hero of the story telling his story to a scribe.  The story itself is sort of an adult version of Harry Potter (talented wizard child goes to wizard university and grows into manhood doing heroic feats).  The story’s themes and plot are much darker and more adult though and include child abuse, murder, rape, and a deep analysis of what it actually means to be a hero.

I recommend it!